Popular Abuja Pastor, Basil Princewill of Mountain Movers Ministry has been sentenced to seven years in prison For R*ping And Impregnating 14-Year-Old Girl.
Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, in a judgment on Tuesday the 25th of June 2019, convicted pastor Princewill on two of the four counts charge which he was tried.
According to reports, Pastor Princewill was arrested by the men of the Nigerian police in June 2012, by the police a four-count charge bordering on rape, impersonation and attempt to cause abortion and abetting miscarriage.
However, He was said to have forcefully raped the 14-year-old girl, Favour Iwoha, between July 27 and December 31, 2011, at Mountain Movers Ministry International and his house at Nyanya, Abuja, without her consent which led to her pregnancy.
Recall the pastor was said to have consequently given the 14-year-old girl, drugs with a view to aborting the pregnancy. The prosecution said Princewill, on or about January 2012, attempted to cause miscarriage on the minor when he gave her drugs to take and abort the pregnancy, which caused her to bleed
After the judge pronounced Princewill guilty and convicted him, his lawyer, Kekere Akpe, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy, and that the convict was a first-time offender as well as a family man.
The judge was of the view that it was incumbent on the court to deter others with such an evil mind from engaging in such acts.
“It is even worrisome when the person involved is a man of God who we should look up to as next to God. Those who serve in the Lord’s vineyard are expected to be an example to the society.
“We have a duty to send signal that this attitude should not be tolerated. It is regrettable that the person who called himself man of God will be involved in such shameful disgraceful and satanic act.
Justice Baba Yusuf noted that by his conduct, Princewill deserved to be kept away from the public, adding that, “he would face the prison walls like a monastery so that when he comes out, he would have been born again.
“I believe the evidence of the PW2 (victim ) to be true and the PW1 (her mother) told the story in the same way the victim told the court too.
“The evidence of the accused was inconsistent and confusing also and the direct evidence given by the victim to her mother narrated the ordeal the victim went through in the hands of the accused.”